Privacy and legal policies

The Academy of Science is an ‘agency’ for the purposes of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and as such complies with the obligations of the Privacy Act within that meaning.

When you visit the Australian Academy of Science web sites, including, our servers collect routine logging information such as the pages visited, the time of your visit, the web browser that you are using and the IP address associated with your request.

The Academy uses this information for statistical purposes and for system administration tasks to maintain this service and to improve our understanding of the needs of users. We do not attempt to identify individuals, however, in the unlikely event of an investigation, the Academy, a law enforcement agency or other government agency may exercise its legal authority to inspect our server logs.

If at any stage you provide us with your email address, we will only use your email address for the purposes for which it was provided. We will not subscribe your email address to any mailing list without your consent.

External sites that are linked to or from the Academy site are not under our control or responsibility and you are advised to review their privacy statement.

Some Academy web pages may use cookies to enhance site functionality. You may use your browser preferences to disable cookies but this may affect your experience of the web site.

Some Academy web pages use Google Analytics or other third-party tools to better understand how people use the site. This makes information similar to that of routine server logs available to Google or other third-party statistics providers. The analytic reports that are produced are aggregated and do not identify people.

Website terms and conditions

This Agreement was last modified on 29 September 2016.

Please read the Terms of Use completely prior to using this website which is operated by the Australian Academy of Science ABN 90 700 613 342. This Agreement documents the legally binding terms and conditions attached to the use of the site.

The Australian Academy of Science (the Academy) is a non-profit organisation that champions Australian scientific excellence, promotes and disseminates scientific knowledge, and provides independent scientific advice for the benefit of Australia and the world.  In furthering its aims the the Academy offers general information through its website and publications.  

By accessing or using this site in any way, viewing or browsing the site, or adding your own content to the site, you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms of Use.


All of the content contained on this website is edited, checked, and verified for accuracy as much as it is possible to do so. However, we cannot guarantee either its accuracy or the safety of any external links it might contain. The website, its owners, affiliates, and contributing authors can therefore not be held responsible for any problems or damage that occurs as a result of making use of material contained on our site.

The Academy, its officers, agents, representatives and employees exclude liability whatsoever in negligence or otherwise, for any loss or damage relating to this website or its publications to the full extent permitted by law.

The pages of this website have been prepared as information or education only without consideration of any user's specific objectives, personal situation or needs.  Because of this, no reader should rely upon the information and/or recommendations contained in this site.  Users should, before acting on any information contained herein, consider the appropriateness of the information, having regard to their objectives, personal situation and needs.

The Academy believes that the information contained via this website is based on information from sources that are considered reliable, and is accurate when issued.  However, the Academy does not warrant its accuracy and this website may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically made to the information on and available via the website. All views and information expressed by the Academy, its officers, agents, representatives and employees are for the purposes of information and education only.


Any and all of the content presented on this website is, unless explicitly stated otherwise, subject to a copyright held by the Academy. It is permissible to link to content from this site as long as the original source is clearly stated, but the wholesale reproduction or partial modification of content is not permitted. Exceptions are granted only if you receive prior written consent from the Academy—contact details are outlined below. The names of actual companies and products mentioned on this website may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Use of the site

We reserve the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, at our sole discretion.

Links to other websites

Our site contains a number of links to other websites and online resources that are not owned or controlled by the Academy. The Academy has no control over, and therefore cannot assume responsibility for, the content or general practices of any of these third party sites and/or services. Therefore, we strongly advise you to read the entire terms and conditions and privacy policy of any site that you visit as a result of following a link that is posted on our site.

Governing law

This agreement is governed by the laws of the Australian Capital Territory, Australia and you consent to the non-exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia in any and all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of this website.

Changes to this agreement

The Academy reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time. We do so by posting and drawing attention to the updated terms on this site. Your decision to continue to visit and make use of the site after such changes have been made constitutes your formal acceptance of the new Terms of Use.

Therefore, we ask that you check and review this Agreement for such changes on an occasional basis. Should you not agree to any provision of this Agreement or any changes we make to this Agreement, we ask and advise that you do not use or continue to access the Academy website immediately.

Any rights not expressly granted in these terms are reserved.

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